First 11 Dimock homes sampled by EPA show no health concerns
By Laura Legere (Staff Writer)
Published: March 15, 2012
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The first 11 Dimock Twp. water supplies tested by the Environmental Protection Agency did not reveal levels of contamination that could present a health concern, but the samples indicated the presence of arsenic and other compounds that will require further tests at some homes, the agency said Thursday.
Agency officials hand delivered test results to residents whose wells were sampled during the week of Jan. 23 and will meet again with the families individually to review the results and answer questions.
In a statement Thursday, the EPA said samples from six of the 11 homes showed concentrations of sodium, methane, chromium or bacteria, but all were within the safe range for drinking water. The sampling results also identified arsenic in two homes' water supplies, both of which are being sampled again by the agency.
"Although the (arsenic) levels meet drinking water standards, we will resample to better characterize the water quality of these wells," EPA spokesman Roy Seneca said in the statement.
Three of the 11 homes tested during the first week of sampling are receiving replacement water deliveries from the EPA. Those deliveries will continue "while we perform additional sampling to ensure that the drinking water quality at these homes remains consistent and acceptable for use over time," Mr. Seneca said.
The agency began testing about 60 water wells in January after past tests by the state and other groups raised concerns that nearby natural gas drilling had impacted water supplies.
Mr. Seneca said that the agency will share more test results with Dimock homeowners "as further quality assured data becomes available for the remaining homes."
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